A 24-year-old Beckemeyer man was killed Thursday when his car collided with a train in Clinton County.
Spencer Crafton was driving to a friend’s house when a Norfolk Southern train traveling west hit the passenger side of his vehicle, Sgt. Dan Travous of the sheriff’s department said.
Crafton was flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where he was later pronounced dead.
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The rural train crossing did not have crossing lights, Travous said.
Officials do not suspect that drugs or alcohol played a role, Travous said. The conductor of the two-person cargo train was shaken up but otherwise seemed OK, he added.
The department was called around 9:45 a.m. to a private lane at 24505 Illinois 161. The area is east of Hoffman.
The Hoffman and Huey-Ferrin-Boulder fire departments, LifeStar Ambulance and an evacuation helicopter responded, according to a news release.
The crash was still being investigated as of Friday morning, according to the sheriff’s department.